Jon Cooper Knows That At The Core Of All Great Teams Is A Strong Goaltender

Ben Bishop has been a leader by example for the Tampa Bay Lightning all season long. Tonight he recorded his 31st win of the season setting the franchise record for wins in a single season previously held by Nikolai Khabibulin.

He also is trying to set the Bolts single season save percentage mark of .920 also held by Khabibulin. He entered the contest against the Devils with a save percentage of .928 and was perfect on the evening making 23 saves to improve on that number.

Coach Cooper talked about how at the beginning of the year it was 50/50 on who would get the most starts in net for the Bolts and how Ben Bishop always is ready for the next one. “One thing about Bishop that I’ve really watched him grow this year, he wants that next start, he’s not shying away from it.”

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